Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

July 3, 2008 -

Jack Thompson is a hero.

At least, that's the word from America's Freedom Festival, an event taking place in Provo, Utah this week. As reported by the Deseret News:

America's Freedom Festival at Provo honored four individuals with 2008 Freedom Awards Wednesday night... The honorees... personified some or all of the festival's four traditional values of family, freedom, God and country...

 

A lawyer dedicated to protecting children from violence, obscenity and pornography in the media, Jack Thompson was honored especially for his defense and support of families.

 

Thompson... said that while his life has been filled with persecution and ridicule, he would go back and do it all over again, with even more fervor than before.

Now, Utah County, where the festival takes place, is an extremely conservative corner of the United States. So it is perhaps understandable that organizers there value Thompson's conservative Christian agenda. That's their call.

However, to consider Thompson only on his values crusade ignores a troubling list of negatives that stretches from Orem to Salt Lake City. Consider that this "American hero":

  • has been recommended for a 10-year disbarment by the Florida Bar
  • has been judged guilty of 27 ethical offenses by a Florida judge, who is sending her recommendation to the Florida Supreme Court
  • the 27 offenses include things like: "Knowingly making a false statement", "Engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation" and " Engaging in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice"
  • may no longer submit filings to the Florida Supreme Court, in part because he included porn pictures in a motion (and NOT in a pornography case)
  • included gay porn pictures in a federal court filing (also not a pornography case)
  • received a cautionary visit from the U.S. Marshals following a federal court filing in which he wrote "...enemy combatants at Guantanamo are to get more due process from federal judges than what I am to have. I guess my "mistake" was not killing 3000 people to make my point..."
  • called for the impeachment of Utah's Republican Attorney General when the AG suggested that a video game bill written by Thompson would be unconstitutional

These items are strictly a matter of record, and do not include Thompson's strident cultural rhetoric (with which one may or may not agree) or his penchant for sheer vitriol. Moreover, Thompson himself has written that he expects to be disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court.

There seem to be two possibilities here. One is that the selection committee did not conduct due diligence on its nominee. The other is that they just didn't care. Perhaps the committee was aware of Thompson's issues but chose to believe that they are part of some vast cultural conspiracy against him waged by liberals, the video game industry, the Florida Bar, Florida Supreme Court, US District Court, gays, shock radio, the Republican Blank-Rome law firm, various judges, the Alabama Bar, etc. 

But at some point the idea of a conspiracy that large becomes silly. What's happening to Thompson now is more like a judicial consensus on the man's behavior.

How did America's Freedom Festival fail to see that?

GP: We've made several attempts in recent weeks to get an explanation from the committee as to why Thompson was chosen for the award, but got little more than the fact that he was nominated and ultimately selected. That lack of openness is especially troubling in light of the fact Utah County's government is the sponsor of the award event (i.e. - the taxpayers footed the bill for this award).

More local coverage in the Provo Herald-Extra...


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JTは、ポルノとは戦ってないだろうに。 で、彼はいつ辞任するんだ?

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The hell?

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NOT A CHRISTIAN

I know that Mr. Thompson Claims to be a Christian.

But as the Good Book (ie. the Holy Bible) says

"that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and establised in Love, may have power, toghether with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the Love of Christ"  Ephesians (chapter 3, verse 17-18).

None of Mr. Thompson actions are in accordance with the love of Jesus Christ son of God.

I morn and weep that this false Christian is leading people down a road of hate.

a true Christian knows only love, so please do not call Mr. Thompson a Christian for he knows not the peace or love of Jesus.

Thank you for your time

Not going to register for the shoutbox...

Seeing as how Jack spams such BS all the time, Dennis does NOT need to cover this unless something news worthy happens.  Plus keep such stuff to this old story while not giving him the "front page" he demands.

I'm also sort of disappointed on Kotaku giving him some attention about this, while knowing what he is doing is good for a laugh, it sure wasn't one of their "dissecting Jack's lies" articles and I thought some editor said they were going to stop doing not-really-news items about Jack.....

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on the legal blog in broward county..............

The Kid Needs Help wrote:
Phyllis Saunders, Director
Division of Children and Family Services
Department of Human Services
2525 NW 62nd Street
4th Floor
Miami, Florida 33142

To Whom It May Concern:

I write to you today regarding the safety of a young man currently residing at 5721 Riviera Drive in Coral Gables, Florida, the apparent son of John Bruce ‘Jack’ Thompson, an attorney in Florida.

Due to his father’s continuing disabilities, this child might be at risk.

Please investigate.

As you may not know, Jack Thompson was recently convicted of 27 counts of professional misconduct by the Florida Bar and may be disbarred as a result. During his contested hearings, he submitted so many unprofessional and bizarre pleadings to the tribunal, that the Supreme Court of Florida banned his further filings, and in fact just last week warned him that if he submitted anything else he could be found in contempt.

What is troubling however, is not just the pornography he has sent to the court included in his pleadings, but his recent threats that when he got done with the bar they would resemble a burned out building. Then he said last week that he would attract more attention if he blew up a building with 3000 people in it

Jack’s real objection to the Bar came as a result to disciplinary petitions initiated against him during his crusade against violent and pornographic video games which he claims were being sold to minors illegally. Though not a police officer or empowered by any law enforcement agency to do so, Jack used his teenage son as a pawn in his fanatical and zealous effort to prove his case, not once but at least twice giving his son money at department stores to illegally acquire, use and play these games he claims are pornographic and violent, or as he says, cop-killing simulators. I find it troublesome that an adult would recruit his son into what he has determined is a dangerous and illegal activity in the purchase and acquisition of the same

Jack has also said that since his wife is recovering from cancer but returning to work, he is in charge of parenting his son. Well, the Florida Bar was so concerned about his irrational and erratic behavior that they have told him he would need to enter the Florida Lawyers’ Assistance Program and get serious psychiatric counseling. If legal representatives of the professional association he is a member of have determined that he needs therapeutic care, your agency must immediately evaluate whether he is a threat to the child he is apparently staying at home and supervising, since he has no office


I have also learned that Mr. Thompson once had circuit court judges in two counties issue restraining orders against him for posing a clear and present danger to a radio host, who he was once accused of stalking and driving off the road. Though this incident occurred years ago, I learned that in the past year some of the litigants Mr. Thompson was in court with found it necessary to file police reports about his conduct, including the fact that last week, the Chief Judge of Dade County’s United States District Court felt threatened enough to order United States marshals, who protect the judiciary, to pay a visit to Mr. Thompson at his home in order to alleviate their concerns he might be a continuing danger and threat to judicial security.

I have also seen Mr. Thompson threaten numerous critics on the game politics.com site, and feel that all these issues generate serious concerns about his fitness to be a parent and might very well put his son at risk.

I think based on the foregoing you should look into this matter. Because I am so threatened by Mr. Thompson, I think it is prudent to submit this letter anonymously.

Thank you

There you go jack , threaten the world and i guess you get what you ask for, what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

is this a great country, or what?
 

 

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I'm sorry, where did you say this was from? I can't seem to find it using Google. I think a specific site name is required.

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I hope that works.  That poor kid is going to grow up without any good role-models. 

His own father sends him in to stores to buy those games, and then takes them away once he does manage to get a copy! What a cruel joke!  Imagine if you were used as a tool to be used as evidence in a motion to prevent kids from having fun.  It would scar most children.

Jack Thompson, the living definition of "irony" & "hypocrisy"

http://kotaku.com/5022949/thompson-calls-judge-raving-wild-woman-unhinged

In a letter to the Judicial Qualifications Commission, Thompson questions Judge Tunis' mental stability and asks that she undergo a mental health exam. He also calls her a raving wild woman and suggests that she might be mentally impaired.

OK I'm NOT going to touch his letter or its irony/hypocrisy/etc, other then the fact that considering the remarks he has made in the past and on here, I'm sure he really wanted to flat out just say "Shut up women, you are a dumb retard."

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Jack Thompson receiving this award is a slap in the face to those who have acctually done something helpful for this country to earn the award. Without a doubt its meaning has been lost if people like him who mean to take away peoples freedom and rights are getting praised for thier so called achievements. 

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It doesn't matter what a privately funded, priavtely acting group awards someone for.  I could get an award for being the most intelligent person, ever, by the "Smart Peoples Club", but that wouldn't mean much to any academic or government group.

There's a very, very easy way to counter Jack when he brings up his award, just remind him that it came from a private, Christian group, and not any public or governmental association, and it's only proof that one little group likes him.

But you can't really argue either, when a group of like minded people, as a private group, decide to recognize someone because they like what they've done, it's their own perogative.  So, I would like to extend a congratulations to John Bruce Thompson for getting some form of recognition for his work.

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John Bruce,

Ah, so you told the committee everything, did you?

Did you tell them how you placed a minor playing a violent video game as being far worse than that same minor having been dumped by the state into the hands of a father who had given up Parental Rights to the minor after having previously abused the minor and then verbally, mentally, physically, and nearly having the minor sexually abused afterwards?

Did you tell them how you knowingly and intentionally lied to and deceived individuals and even government officials regarding the content of a particular video game?  That you FALSELY claimed that the game contained "gay sex" when in fact the game only contains kissing (a male player character kissing a boy as well as girl)?  (Which apparently lying and deceiving are good "moral" acts in the view of YOUR God.)

Did you tell them how you tried to sweet talk the folks at NIU to allow you to speak and push your agenda on them after the tragedy that occurred there?  Then, to top it off, threatened them with a lawsuit if they didn't turn over all elements regarding the case that would support your agenda while you ignored all other factual evidence regarding the case?

Did you tell them how you try to blame video games for every single criminal committed by young people today... except those which might backfire in your face, such as the shooting of a homosexual student at an Oxnard school earlier this year?

Did you tell them how you threatened to have a DA arrested if he didn't direct a criminal investigation to go YOUR way (That would be the Robida case in case no one recognizes it).

Did you tell them how you condemn the use of violence in the context of storytelling (whether in bookx, music, movies/TV, and video games), but you have no problems using it yourself against your opponents through religious scripture or "figurative speech"?  Apparently, violent speech, even metaphorical violent speech, is acceptable in YOUR religious beliefs when it's used by YOU.

Or was the Truth, The WHGLE Truth, and Nothing But The Truth not a "moral" tool in the eyes of YOUR God?

nightwng2000

NW2K Software

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Whoa! Didn't IceHawk tell you to decaffinate your coffee? You're making typos that'll make Jack suspicious of the (nonexistant) "truth" that we're trying to "hide" *wink-wink*

(Seriously, though. Cool off, man. I mean, "whgle" is not a word. I know you meant "whole" but try and make sure it's right.)

I AM A LOST SOUL, CONDEMNED TO HAUNT THE DREAMS OF JOHN BRUCE "JACK" THOMPSON UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS. SOMEONE, PLEASE! END MY SUFFERING!



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Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

I find it slightly amusing that 200,000 people doesn't even equal half of the population of the least populated state in the union (Wyoming with slightly over 500,000 people)

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I believe Dennis more then this fucking nutjob

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Am I the only one more than a little concerned that the Freedom Festival and its Freedom Award places a lot of emphasis on promoting Chrisitian values? Which would be fine by me if they weren't funded in part by $50,000 of taxpayer money. Isn't there a part of the First Amendment which prohibits the use of taxpayer money to advance religious causes? Not that it's likely that anyone in Utah County would complain. After all, 95% of that population belongs to the Moron Church. 

 

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Yes, I've been saying so for a couple of weeks now, once John Bruce started bragging and the Festival came to my attention.

Like you, I don't care if a private organization wants to base its foundation on a segregated belief, even one based on bigotry and hate.  But when the US government, in any way, shape, or form, starts aiding in its funding, that's where I draw the line.

Nightwng2000

NW2K Software

Nightwng2000 has also updated his MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

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Bull****!

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Lets hope he doesnt start comparing himself to figures like matrin luther king and ghandi who fought for issues that were 1000000x more important  than JT's crusade

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I'm pretty sure that Dr King and Ghandi woudln't have had a single problem with video games.

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Ya, most likely because neither of them pointed fingers and blamed something for the source of the problem

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Just as I thought, the coward didn't bother replying after Dennis yet again pointed out his bullshit.

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Ok Mr Thompson, you came in here to tell us of your parade. Are you going to maybe respond to any of these comments? A lot of people here are bringing up some very good points, and if you were half the lawyer you say you are you'd be able to respond in kind. This little ring of Utah people who selected you obviously didn't do as much research as the 'pixelantes' did.

So? Got any words for us?

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So? Got any words for us?

Why bother?  The only thing he ever does is "I AM SMART, I BEAN ON 60 MINUTESSSSS, UR STUOOPID!!!"

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

I've learned there is a good way to deal with idiots and a bad way. Fighting/opposing is as about as effective as dousing fire with vodka. Calling them out is often a better way to stump them, but I'm with you here, he probably will attack me as he's attacked Dennis (if he replies at all)

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I don't think I've ever seen Jack respond to anyone directly here. He always addresses Dennis about something said by someone else and threatens to Dennis him for libel.

 

I also think everyone needs to stop attacking Jack here. At best he should be pitied, but it's more useful to point out how his is wrong about every statement he makes. And don't be afraid to repeat what others have said, it can't hurt. But enough with the  name-calling and crass insults. They don't accomplish anything.

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He replied to me once on Livejournal. I don't remember exactly what was said, but his response was "what illegal substances are you on junior?"

 

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I don't even remember what his comment to me was, but do know it was a reply to my comment that deliberately avoided my points.

Again, here we have someone who claims they are open to and willing to debate the "video game violence" issue, yet ALWAYS backs out of such opportunities(i.e. debates with people who know what they are talking about, a lot of the comments posted here at him, etc).

Like I said above, go ahead and keep bugging him about such things(I know I still will), but don't expect some form of reply with any real substance.

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Heh, that beats my response of 'I have no time for derelict gamers.'

It doesn't even matter if you're a gamer or not when you e-mail him. He just ASSUMES that you are and whines about it. That's how obsessed he is.

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I haven't attacked him :) at least, I haven't meant to. I'm just pointing out, theres a lot of good points being brought up by the commentors and seeing his response would be fairly interesting. Sorry if I come off as 'attacking' him.

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I think Jack's a drug addict, it's the only possible explanation he continues to leap at conspiracies and shadows that aren't there, as well as a severe reading disorder. I noticed he's also using the Fred Phelps excuse "Yall hate me because you hate Jesus therefore your evil", above. In closing, ha ha he's about to be disbarred. Also he bragged about having friends over for the superbowl on this website.

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Oh man, why must they encourage him?

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As a resident of Utah, I would just like to say that Utah County, especially the City of Provo, is in no way representitive of the rest of the state.

 

But to be honest, everyone south of Salt Lake City is pretty much completely insane.

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More Lies From Jack from the Miami Man who Has Been There

 'Thompson put his own career at risk fighting to keep indecent shows off the radio,'

what career ? he brags about being a stay at home dad who raised his kid and had a post office box for a a law office address, always working from his home, and had no clients at all to speak of.

'and he was responsible for getting Howard Stern off public airwaves.'

 ...not quite, jack brought to the fcc's attention a bit Stern used that led to a fine of Clear Channel by the FCC, but what got Howard off the air was a one hundred million dollar, ten year offer from XM Radio, as compared to the terrestial radio contract paying him two million a year which was coming to an end. So at some point when the disbarred Jack Thompson takes credit for this again and again and it sticks because the media does not research it, we should point out to him and his supporters that he is misrepresenting reality here. The reality is Stern left terrestrial radio because XM Satellite made him a trillionaire, and Jack had nothing to do with it though you would not know that listening to him. Jack was simply the guy who told the fcc that Stern went through a traffic light, and yeah he got him fined, but he had zero, zilch to do with a satellite radio station paying him a fortune, except maybe by pointing out to them how popular Howard was to get that kind of deal :-)

He also won a case labeling 2 Live Crew's lyrics as obscene '

... this one is even better .....First, Jack was never the attorney on this case, it was a criminal prosecution brought by Florida against the band.......Jack ? please,  though he tried to intervene repeatedly at the trial and the appeal he nearly got censored.  When 2 Live Crew was being tried in County Court Jack demanded the judge let him intervene for the sheriff's lawyer because he thought he could do a better job. When that did not work, he threatened to sue the sheriff. When that did not work, he threatened the judge repeatedly with faxes, phone warnings, and more. When that did not work, he went to the press and threatened a juror because he was a homosexual. That did not work either, and then when the case was in the civil district court, Jack was never counsel of record, though he asked to submit a friend of the court brief arguing that Luther's lyrics were obscene.

You see this was all before gaming was popular so Jack chose targets even back then which would get him into the news and in a debate on pornography and gays, so he targeted a gay lawyer, Norm Kent and his clients, like Neil Rogers, by trying to get him off the air, but wound up with restraining orders against himself. He was once even accused of trying to drive Rogers off the road, and a state prosecutor labeled him 'obsessed' after he attacked Janet Reno as being a lesbian.

You gamers come to the table not realizing this is Jack's course of massacre-hunting, publicity- is a lifelong venture but you are his last and final target as a lawyer anyway. By Labor Day, he will be disbarred.

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Wow..thats alot. I know the thing with Reno, and Two Live Crew, and Stern, but the other stuff, I didn't know.

 

 - Warren Lewis

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

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He was once even accused of trying to drive Rogers off the road...

Sheeeet, after all these years, stuff like this just confirms he is long overdue for a visit by the men in white coats...

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I believe Stern's deal with Sirius was actually $500 million over 5 years (but he had to pay his staff and produce the show with that money, so it doesn't ALL go to him).  His contract is actually up in a couple of years.

Either way, that's a perfectly compelling reason to leave terrestrial radio (that, and the freedom to do the type of show HE wants to do), not some nitwit lawyer in southern Florida running his gums.

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Just like his claim to having caused Ice-T's Cop Killer pulled from retail is also greatly exaggerated. I don't think that any one entity was clearly responsible for that outcome. But if anyone can take credit, it's the Texas police associations (who led the charge and were followed by numerous other police associations across the country) which urged a boycott of Boby Count's label, Time-Warner. Jack, as usual, just jumped on a bandwagon which was already rolling -- as did George Bush I, Dan Qualye, and Tipper Gore.

The Elian Gonzalez case is another example of Jack trying to stick his nose where it ain't got no business in order to get himself some public recognition. To hear Jack tell the story, the only reason Elian was deported to Cuba was because the Miami relatives didn't accept his offer to represent them and Elian.

Jack's been an attention whore since the late-1980s. Like you said, violent video games are just the most recent trick he's turning.  

 

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Didn't Thompson also try to interject himself into the custody battle for Anna Nicole Smith's daughter?  (No, he wasn't claiming to be the father like everyone else was.)  I'm not sure what business Thompson had to try to get involved, but it just screams "attention whore."

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If this guys ever in canada i'm sending him a bunch of montreal escorts to see what his reaction is to getting hit on be attractive women.

Oh the irony....

All Jack Thompson was complaining about was the lack of ethics for the judge in the "what do we do with her dead body?" case.

And guess what?  That happened around the same time it was announced he was facing a disciplinary hearing over his lack of ethics as a lawyer...

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Wait..he what?

 

 - Warren Lewis

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

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Yeah, that's about it. 'Hey, these people are talking about a celebrity's daughter more than me and violent video games! First something stupid like one of the deadliest hurricanes in history, (ie Katrina, look it up on wikiquote) now this... THEY must be in on it!!!!'

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Oops! Very sorry for that post under anonymous >.< I thought the post I was replying to was aimed at me, but I see I was wrong.

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Sounds like Ms. Garbutt was suspicious of you right off the bat, Dennis.  I guess to them any journalist  with whom they're not familiar, they automatically assume to not share their values or ideals and thus assume they must have an "agenda."  That's pretty telling of how insular they really are. 

And of no doubt Jack supplied her with his own prejudiced and skewed account of his dealings with you.  It's no wonder then, that you didn't get a response from her considering what he thinks of you.

And Sabbat, welcome aboard.  Nice critique of Jack, there.

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Since Thompson has alluded that I attempted to interfere with his award, I am reposting ALL e-mails from me on this issue. This was ALL of the contact I had with anyone regarding the show. Care to prove something different, Jack?

I began by writing to Vicki Garbutt, event chairperson for the awards dinner. I never received a response to three e-mails, although she forwarded at least one to Thompson. After giving up on Garbutt I contacted Utah County government, since it sponsors the event. I did not receive a response directly, however they apparently forwarded my inquiry as I did receive a response from Paul Warner, executive director of the Freedom Festival.

While Warner was civil, I did not receive the answers I was hoping for: who nominated Thompson and on what basis.

The Gayle Ruzicka mentioned in a couple of the e-mails is the politically powerful head of the Utah Eagle Forum, an ultra-conservative group related to Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum. Ruzicka testified before the Utah legislature a couple of years back in support of a video game bill written by Thompson. I seem to recall that Thompson has spoken at Eagle Forum events and was interviewed on Schlafly's radio program at one time.

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From:   Dennis McCauley
To:     Vicki Garbutt
Sent:  Wednesday, May 28, 2008 11:12 AM
Subject: media inquiry

Vicki:

Dennis McCauley here, editor of GamePolitics.com.

Can you tell me whether Florida attorney Jack Thompson is to be an honoree at the 2008 Freedom Awards Gala?

If so, can you tell me who submitted him for the award and what is the basis for his award?

Thanks,

Dennis McCauley
Editor
GamePolitics.com


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From:   Vicki J. Garbutt
To:   Jack Thompson
Sent:   Wednesday, May 28, 2008 10:00 PM
Subject:  FW: media inquiry

Jack,

Do you know this individual and what his agenda might be before I respond to his inquiry?
Thanks,

Vicki
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From:  Jack Thompson
To:  Dennis McCauley
Sent:  Thursday, May 29, 2008 6:40 AM
Subject: Careful, Dennis

(Garbutt message above was included, but no additional message body other than Thompson's sig)

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From:  Dennis McCauley
To:  Vicki J. Garbutt
Sent:  Sunday, June 1, 2008 7:16 AM
Subject: media inquiry

Ms. Garbutt:

I understand that you’ve run my info request past Mr. Thompson, and that’s fine.

However, I’m still hoping to get the requested information concerning this award.

I’d like to confirm whether he will receive the award. If so, can you tell me who nominated him and on what basis? I assume there will be a press release at some point?

Thanks,

Dennis McCauley
Editor
GamePolitics.com

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From:  Dennis McCauley
To:  Vicki J. Garbutt
Sent:  Thursday, June 5, 2008 7:27 AM
Subject: Media inquiry - 3rd request


Ms. Garbutt:

Dennis McCauley here, editor of GamePolitics.com.

I’m at a bit of a loss to understand your lack of response to my inquiries, since Mr. Thompson himself has circulated an article (attached) concerning his award.

That said, can you confirm whether Mr. Thompson is to be an honoree at the 2008 Freedom Awards Gala?

If so, can you tell me who submitted him for the award and what is the basis for his award?

Who are the other honorees? What are the general criteria for the award?

As you may or may not know, Mr. Thompson is a bit of a controversial figure. We will be covering this story and would like to include input from either yourself or someone who can speak for the organization.

Thanks,

Dennis McCauley
Editor
GamePolitics.com

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From: Jack Thompson
To: Dennis McCauley
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 10:09 AM
Subject: Dennis...


Here is the response of the Festival which has invited me to be honored in Utah before 250,000 people.  You are doing to me now what you have done with a Bar complaint you filed and the ""storming of my book from your site.  You have put Norm Kent into your mix with his posts at your site. Now you are using your ECA site to try to get me uninvited from Utah.  You are knowingly orchestrating an effort to get the Festival to un-invite me to punish me for my opposition to the illegal marketing of adult video games to children.
 
I want you to understand, Dennis, what I warned you about:  You target me in this fashion at your own risk for damages to me.  You are currently violating federal criminal civil rights laws in doing what you are doing, and I am going to prove it. You are going to have to disgorge all of your communications with others, including with Norm Kent, and ECA and ESA, and anyone else about this. I showed up in court one day, and Norm had his file open to material from your site.  Duh.
 
You may think you are clever.  You are not.  You are in harm's way in litigation, and you have put yourself there.  You will be deposed in Kent v. Thompson for starters.
 
This Freedom Festival stunt is just the latest installment.  I am going to ask you for the last time: Who is your attorney?  You need one. And Hal, ECA needs one too.
 
Here is the Festival response.  I am one of four "heroes" to be honored.  I am humbled by it.  You are inconvenienced by it.  Your and ECA's efforts to get me cancelled in this has failed.  If you are going to shoot someone, you'd best do so mortally.  You have shot at me and missed.  Big mistake.  I am coming after ECA, and I shall prevail:
 
Jack,

My mother-in-law gave me your book as a birthday present.  I'm a very busy person and rarely have time to read books (though I love to when I can) but I made the mistake to start yours one morning and couldn't put it down until it was finished.  It was from this experience that I recommended you as an award recipient.  The book was read by this year's festival president and executive director and I can affirm that we all had the same reaction, "this is the kind of person we want to recognize."

We choose to recognize you for not only what you've done and are doing, but because we want to hold you up as an example of what we all should be doing.  Ours is an organization that has taken its share of arrows for inviting people to our events so I can assure you that we are unfazed by the attacks at this point.

I personally look forward to meeting you and we all look forward to being inspired by your story and your example of a consecrated life to the Lord and his cause.

Warmly your brother, [name redacted]

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From: Dennis McCauley
To: Jack Thompson
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 10:09 AM
Subject: RE: Dennis...


*You* sent me the announcement on your award. Was that because you *didn’t* want me to cover it?

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From: Jack Thompson
To: Dennis McCauley
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 10:29 AM
Subject: RE: Dennis...


Dennis, let me explain this one last time:  You are using a "news site" as an extortion mill.  The next thing I want to hear is from your attorney.  You are apparently too dumb to understand 2+2=4.  If you email me one more time, I will proceed in that regard as well.  Got that?

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From:  Dennis McCauley
To:  
ucadm.utahcnty@state.ut.us
Sent:  Saturday, June 14, 2008 9:37 AM
Subject: Media Request for Public Records

Hello.

My name is Dennis McCauley. I am the editor of GamePolitics.com, a popular website which tracks the nexus of politics and the video game sector.

Utah County is listed as the sponsor for the “Freedom Awards Gala” of the American Freedom Festival (http://www.freedomfestival.org/public/sponsors ). Since the county government is sponsoring the gala, I am at this time making a public records request in relation to this event.

My request concerns one of the honorees, a Florida attorney named Jack Thompson. Could you please furnish information detailing why Mr. Thompson is being honored, who recommended him and how he was selected?

I have made this request three times to the event chairperson, but have not received the courtesy of a response. As this is a government-funded event, this request falls squarely into the area of public information, so I am turning to Utah County.

Please contact me with any questions of concerns. An e-mail response is appreciated.

Regards,

-Dennis

Dennis McCauley
Editor / Founder
GamePolitics.com

"...where politics & video games collide"

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From:  Paul Warner
To:  Dennis McCauley
Sent:  Tuesday, June 17, 2008 8:01 PM
Subject: Jack Thompson

Dennis,

America’s Freedom Festival at Provo is a non profit 501 (C) 3 organization with headquarters in Provo, Utah.  We have a Board of Trustees and a Board of Directors that oversee 25 events that take place on an annual basis.  Almost everyone involved is a volunteer with only 3 full time employees serving on a year round basis.  We hire 2 or 3 part time people during the 2 months before most of our events.  We probably have 2000 volunteers that serve during the year to help push the cause of Freedom, Families, God and Country.

Our Board of Trustees nominates people to be honored and the Board approves the nominations.  We usually have 8 to 10 individuals each year nominated with the decision process taking place during a monthly  meeting of the Board.  We use our theme as the basis of the nominations.  Jack was nominated and approved.  He was contacted and he accepted.

Paul Warner, Executive Director

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From:  Dennis McCauley
To:  Paul Warner
Sent:  Tuesday, June 17, 2008 8:09 PM
Subject: RE: Jack Thompson

Thanks, Paul, for the reply.

May I ask whether Gayle Ruzicka is on the board?

Also, would you be the Paul Warner who was formerly US Attorney in Utah?

Regards,

-Dennis McCauley

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From:  Paul Warner
To:  Dennis McCauley
Sent:  Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:33 AM
Subject: RE: Jack Thompson

Gayle is not on the board.  David McDougal is the chair of a Board of seven.  I know the Paul Warner who served as US Attorney in Utah but I was formerly a BYU administrator and teacher.

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From:  Dennis McCauley
To:  Paul Warner
Sent:  Wednesday, June 18, 2008 11:24 AM
Subject: RE: Jack Thompson

Thanks, Paul.

-Dennis
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GP: After this exchange with Warner, I decided I'd gotten all of the info I was going to get from the Festival people and basically moved on to other stories. No more e-mails referencing the award until this one from Thompson himself, making the false accusation that I tried to block his award and the equally false accusation that I was refusing to write about it:

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From: Jack Thompson
To: Dennis McCauley
Sent: Thursday, July 3, 2008 12:22 PM
Subject: 

Dennis, you are such a tool.  You will print every single negative thing you can think of, even if it's not news, and yet you can't bring yourself to report what happened here last night, a night you tried to stop for me through your site.  Oh, the Festival people have told me all about you.
 
When you get on the witness stand in the upcoming case, you and Hal and your little libel enterprise are dead meat.
 
Jack Thompssn 

UPDATE: I found a total of three additional e-mails from June 11th on this issue between Thompson and myself in a different e-mail folder, so I've added those. 

 

 

 

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

I seem to recall that Thompson has spoken at Eagle Forum events and was interviewed on Schlafly's radio program at one time.

Hmmm...

http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Agamepolitics.com+%22Eagle+Forum%22

Oh, now I remember them!

And they based such a recommendation on his work of fiction also known as his personal blog printed on dead trees...  Nope, I am not surprised at all after re-reading up on them.

The additional three e-mails

Wow...so Jack sent you the news release and then threatened with litigation because you covered it?

The guy is truly nucking futs.

And then I notice he bitched and whined that you didn't cover it enough this past weekend.  Is schizophrenia a sympton of narcissism?

 

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Seeing how everytime he comes into complain about some made up offense against him you throw the truth in his face, proving him wrong, you'd think he'd call it quits. But then, he wouldn't be the Jack Thompson we know and... well... know, if he did.

 

-"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

-"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

So are you going to respond to this Jack?  Or are you going to continue your sissy eluding of stories once your bullshit is devestated with facts?

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Yes Jack, are you going to respond to me? I'd be very surprised if you did, and even more surprised if you could do so without insulting me or evading issues.

You can take this as calling you out if you like. Your obviously quite an avid reader of this website, so I know you will read this as you've read every other comment.

 
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